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Alex Salmond loses first independence TV debate

Alex Salmond loses first independence TV debate | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The First Minister is booed by the audience after repeatedly refusing to say what a separate Scotland's currency would be if the Chancellor continues to rule out a currency union

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Article cites data from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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8 'absent' CSR themes for small businesses in developing regions

8 'absent' CSR themes for small businesses in developing regions | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Experts find four major points of agreement about small and midsize companies in the developing world, but don't discuss twice as many others.

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Article discusses the Comparative perspectives on CSR among SMEs, part of a series funded by the ESRC


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Why Is Denmark So Happy? Genes, Study Says

Why Is Denmark So Happy? Genes, Study Says | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new study out of the U.K. claims genetics might determine a country’s collective happiness.

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Article cites research from the ESRC-funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)

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Agri-food research to look at challenges facing food system

The Food Standards Agency and Economic and Social Research Council have backed five research programmes that will look into various challenges facing an increasingly globalised food system.

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Article announces the ESRC funded 'Understanding the Challenges of the Food System' call

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Some homeowners pay up to £1,000 more in council tax

Some homeowners pay up to £1,000 more in council tax | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

New government stats show residents of Weymouth and Portland shell out the most expensive council tax in the UK. It's claimed Band D residents in the area have to pay on average £1,726 a year. Contrast these sums with many multi-million homes in the capital.

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Article cites data from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which receives funding from the ESRC

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What is the future of the reservists in the Armed Forces?

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce that 1.35 million has been awarded to four universities - Edinburgh, Exeter, Lancaster and Newcastle - to undertake innovative research projects to help inform some of the pressing issues facing the armed forces in the process of integrating regular and reserve components into a 'Whole Force' structure.

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Article discusses the four new ESRC funded projects which address issues affecting the reservists in the armed forces

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Booklet sets out key debate issues

Booklet sets out key debate issues | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new e-book has been launched today, featuring contributions from leading academics who have been examining key issues in the referendum debate.

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Article discusses the e-book from the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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Impact of Scottish independence on UK companies

Impact of Scottish independence on UK companies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Scottish independence is likely to have a significant impact on a number of aspects of UK company business operations says Barclays
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Does an Improved Quality of Life Always Lead to LGBTQ Rights?

Does an Improved Quality of Life Always Lead to LGBTQ Rights? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the Overseas Development Institute held a conversation on LGBTQ rights and international aid. The most surprising statement came from former Ghanaian Minister of Information Elizabeth Ohene, who opposed LGBTQ rights in international aid by using a specious overgeneralization. 

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How gaming behaviour can spill over into real life

How gaming behaviour can spill over into real life | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
These phenomena tend to occur when video game players become so immersed in their gaming that, when they stop playing, they sometimes transfer some of their virtual gaming experiences to the real world.
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Author Dr Mark Griffiths has received research funding from a wide range of organisations including the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Booklet sets out key debate issues

Booklet sets out key debate issues | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With just weeks to go until Scotland's historic independence referendum, new leaflets and information booklets are being made available to help voters north of the border make up their minds.


A new e-book has been launched today, featuring contributions from leading academics who have been examining key issues in the debate.

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The article reports on the new e-book launched by ESRC's Future of UK and Scotland programme.

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Jobs and health highlighted in shock coalfield report

Coalfield areas are a crumbling mess and lagging behind the rest of the UK, a shock report has revealed.

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The article quotes Professor Steve Fothergill from Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Ideology: the enemy of a sane funding system

Ideology: the enemy of a sane funding system | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Willetts did much while he was minister for universities and science, but one thing he did not manage was to create a sustainable basis for funding higher education.

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No pound, no euro: Scotland needs a plan C

No pound, no euro: Scotland needs a plan C | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Alex Salmond has been told he needs a ‘Plan C’ for an independent Scotland – given it would not be able to use the pound or the euro.

The Scottish First Minister, insists the country can keep the pound if it votes to leave the UK in the referendum in September.



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The have-it-all generation has to be told when to quit

The government’s new champion of older workers says retirement is for wimps. But the young need those jobs.

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Scottishness is a more inclusive national identity than Englishness

Scottishness is a more inclusive national identity than Englishness | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

New research on the Scottish Census data reveals that almost all minority communities in Scotland were more likely to claim a Scottish identity in Scotland, than an English identity in England.

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Article cites data from the ESRC-funded Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity

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Video-game playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children

A new study suggests video game-playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children and teenagers. The research, carried out by Oxford University, found that young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated with being better adjusted than those who had never played or those who were on video games for three hours or more.

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Article cites data from the British Household Panel Survey which is funded by the ESRC

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Nato isn't ready to take on Russia – but the problem is political, not military

Nato isn't ready to take on Russia – but the problem is political, not military | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

On July 31, while it remained unclear exactly how directly involved in the Ukrainian crisis Russia is, the British media ominously reported that Nato had been deemed unready to fight a war with Russia

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Author of the article, David Galbreath, receives funding from the ESRC

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Tom Hunter publishes Scottish independence info

Tom Hunter publishes Scottish independence info | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
With just weeks to go until Scotland’s historic independence referendum, new leaflets and information booklets are being made available to help voters north of the border make up their minds.
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A new e-book has been launched, featuring contributions from leading academics who have been examining key issues in the debate.

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Booklet sets out key debate issues

Booklet sets out key debate issues | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
With just weeks to go until Scotland's historic independence referendum, new leaflets and information booklets are being made available to help voters north of the border make up their minds.
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The article features the new e-book launched by the ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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Cuts have hit disabled people harder, says equality watchdog report

Disabled people have been hit disproportionately hard by the government's welfare reforms, a new report published by the equality watchdog has confirmed.
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Attacks on UN schools in Gaza clearly breach international law

Attacks on UN schools in Gaza clearly breach international law | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The shelling of Jabalia Elementary Girls' School in Gaza on July 30 by Israeli forces was a shocking example of modern military action. The shelling was the sixth time a United Nations school has been struck since the current hostilities began.

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Author Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair in Education at the University of Ulster, has held research funding from the ESRC.

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Health News - Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it

Health News - Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

After a string of penalties aimed in the same direction, goalkeepers are more likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next penalty but kickers fail to exploit this pattern, finds new UCL research.

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This research was supported by the ESRC.

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Leaflets on referendum issues will be sent out to Scottish voters

Leaflets on referendum issues will be sent out to Scottish voters | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Guides from the Scottish and UK government will be sent out, and an e-book is available for undecided voters.

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The article mentioned a new e-book from the ESRC's Future of UK and Scotland programme.

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Battle for Scotland is ‘still too close to call’

Battle for Scotland is ‘still too close to call’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
THE campaign to save the United Kingdom from the threat of independence yesterday received a timely warning from a leading academic.

Via The Future of the UK and Scotland
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 Arkadiusz Wisniowski's  Future of the UK and Scotland work for the ESRC Centre for Population Change is cited. 

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 Arkadiusz Wisniowski's  Future of the UK and Scotland work for the ESRC Centre for Population Change is cited here.